Camelot pays out biggest lottery prize of £35.1m
A lottery player is settling into life £35.1 million richer after Camelot said it had validated and paid out the biggest prize ever won in the game.
The ticket-holder was the only winner of the Lotto jackpot on April 6, instantly catapulting them on to the list of the UK's mega rich.
The winner has decided to stay anonymous, and a National Lottery spokesman said: "This lucky ticket-holder can now start to enjoy their life-changing Lotto jackpot win."
The payout of £35,133,888 is the third enormous lottery win this year.
In January, David and Carol Martin, from the Scottish Borders, banked £33,035,323 after they and another winner, who chose to remain anonymous, broke a 21-year record when they split a £66 million jackpot that was the result of 14 rollovers.
Weeks later Gerry and Lisa Cannings, from Deeping St James, near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, snapped up £32.5 million.
The previous record was a jackpot of £22.5 million, claimed by two business partners from St Leonards-on-Sea in 1995.
In 1996, three winners shared a £44 million prize, taking home more than £14 million each.
But lottery wins in the UK are dwarfed by those overseas.
In the US in January, a jackpot of a staggering 1.5 billion dollars - £1 billion - was shared by three ticket-holders in the Powerball game. The odds of winning the top prize were one in 292.2 million.